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Tour bus traveling from Tijuana to L.A. catches fire

September 19, 2011 | 11:02 pm

Tour bus fire
A tour bus traveling from Tijuana to Los Angeles on the 5 Freeway caught fire Monday, sending passengers scrambling for safety.

About two dozen passengers fled the bus as it filled with smoke at the Del Mar Heights Road exit in San Diego, Fox 5 TV reported. All the passengers were to able to safely get out of the vehicle.

"All of a sudden we started seeing smoke in back of the restroom and everyone started panicking,"  Emilene Castanon told the TV station.

Several northbound lanes were shut down as crews mopped up the area Monday afternoon. The cause of the fire was under investigation.


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Photo: Firefighters mop up tour bus blaze. Credit: Fox 5 San Diego TV